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UK: HMS Dragon Leaves BAE Systems Clyde Yard

first_img View post tag: yard View post tag: BAE Training & Education View post tag: Navy View post tag: Leaves Dragon, the fourth Type 45 anti-air warfare destroyer built by BAE Systems​ for the Royal Navy, has set sail from the Clyde for the final time today. Dragon set off from the company’s Scotstoun yard this morning, with a combined BAE Systems and Royal Navy crew, as she embarked on the journey to her new home port of Portsmouth. The vessel will be formally handed over to the Royal Navy at a ceremony on Wednesday 31 August. Despite the early start, around 100 employees came to watch as the ship they have worked on since in December 2005 made its final journey down the Clyde.Angus Holt, UK Programmes Director at BAE Systems Surface Ships, said: “Watching Dragon leave the Clyde is a proud moment for everyone involved, as we reflect on our achievements in delivering these advanced warships to the Royal Navy. Our team on the Clyde is focused on delivering Defender and Duncan, the fifth and sixth ships in the class to the same exceptionally high standard as their predecessors. Marking a shift in the balance, our engineers in Portsmouth will now work alongside the Royal Navy in Portsmouth to deliver support services to four ships, using the knowledge developed during the design and build programme.”Commanding Officer Darren Houston, said: “Dragon is in top condition for the rigours of the next stage of her sea trials and the challenges ahead. This has only been possible through the hard work and support we have received from BAE Systems, its sub-contractors and the local Scotstoun community. The Royal Navy operates as a force for good, contributing to the security of the UK, the prevention of conflict and the promotion of our national interests in the wider world. Dragon is eager to play her part and start operating the newest and most advanced warship in the world. In a continuing effort to improve the Type 45 class, the Royal Navy and BAE Systems have worked in close partnership to make Dragon the best of her class, ready to fight and win.”BAE Systems is on track to deliver all six Type 45 destroyers to the Royal Navy by early 2013. Defender is currently undergoing final stages of outfit and will head to sea for the first time in November, while outfit and commissioning continues on Duncan, the sixth and final vessel in the class, following her launch in October 2010. Duncan will commence her first stage sea trials in the first half of 2012.As Class Output Manager for the fleet, BAE Systems also provides in-service support to the Type 45 destroyers. Working side by side with the Royal Navy at Portsmouth Naval Base, the company’s engineers coordinate all aspects of repair, maintenance and support to improve ship availability and reduce through life support costs. The company recently supported HMS Dauntless during her warm weather trials off the US coast with the first of class, HMS Daring, receiving a capability upgrade and HMS Diamond achieving her Initial Operating Capability following extensive trials.The Type 45s will provide the backbone of the UK’s naval air defences for the next 30 years and beyond. The destroyers will be capable of carrying out a wide range of operations, including anti-piracy and anti-smuggling activities, disaster relief work and surveillance operations as well as high intensity war fighting.Each destroyer will be able to engage a large number of targets simultaneously, and defend aircraft carriers or groups of ships, such as an amphibious landing force, against the strongest future threats from the air. The vessels will contribute a specialist air warfare capability to worldwide maritime and joint operations until 2040.[mappress]Source: baesystems, August 30, 2011; UK: HMS Dragon Leaves BAE Systems Clyde Yard View post tag: Dragon View post tag: News by topic View post tag: HMS View post tag: Naval August 30, 2011 Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Dragon Leaves BAE Systems Clyde Yard View post tag: Systems View post tag: Clyde View post tag: UK Share this articlelast_img read more


first_imgNEAR AND DEER: WATCH OUT FOR COLLISIONS!Tyrades! by Danny Tyree“Guess who I ran into today?”Ironically, such inane, non-urgent text messages are at the root of many of the more than one million motorist/deer collisions that occur in the U.S. each year.According to “The Washington Post,” more than 200 human deaths arise from those wrecks. The “Post” says deer kill more Americans than any other animal. (“Yeah, but we ferrets commit more identity theft. Booyah!”)Deer are beautiful creatures and a valuable part of the ecosystem, but they can be infuriatingly unpredictable. The John Deere Company has long used its iconic deer logo and the “Nothing runs like a Deere” slogan to sell its tractors and mowers. But a more comprehensive slogan about the woodland creatures would have been “Nothing runs, then freezes, then doubles back, then stares, then leaps across the interstate like a deer.”My family once had a particularly intelligent cat named Jasmine, who went cold turkey on crossing the road after witnessing her daughter being clobbered by a vehicle. It would be wonderful if deer could put two and two together and remember to profit from the mistakes of their species. But they’re like goldfish with antlers. (“Say, do you remember Buck? You know, he tried crossing this very intersection and was struck by seven 18-wheelers. I wonder whatever became of good ol’ Buck?”)According to State Farm Insurance, the average claim for a deer collision is around $4,000. In many states, such collisions are an integral part of the economy. (“Put your head through the windshield, put the body shop guy’s kids through college. Circle of life.”)Various plans have been devised for getting the number of accidents down. Then the insurance companies would be free to cut the premiums. (Talk about a “deer in the headlights” look from the insurance industry!)Deer can be a problem at any time, but especially during mating season (October-December). The roads would certainly be safer if we could find some way to dampen the passion. (One of my co-workers suggested flying over the forest and dropping marriage licenses, mortgages and tuition bills.)Of course a lot of the problem comes from our hectic modern lifestyle, where we feel we must barrel down country roads at 60 miles per hour. We need to stop and smell the roses, although they distinctly smell like deer urine this time of year.I’ve been reading about the growing use of medical marijuana for pets. Maybe it could help keep deer off the roadways. (“Whoa! Who needs that grass on the other side of the road when I’ve got THIS state-sanctioned grass?”)Public service announcements implore drivers to wear seatbelts, observe “Deer Crossing” signs, avoid texting and other distractions and make judicious use of the high beams. Easier said than done. Most Americans think “defensive driving” means saying, “I have not gone back to gambling. None of your business where I go every night.I still have my paycheck right here in my wallet and…AIIIIEEEE!”Motorists are advised that it’s better to go ahead and strike a deer rather than swerving and possibly hitting a utility pole or another vehicle. In this sense, deer are seen as expendable, sort of like congressional Republicans.Stay mindful of the deer population. I recommend watching the motorcycle epic “When Harley Met Sally.” And let’s not forget the stoner comedy “Dude, Where’s My Hindquarters?”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Pageant: The Musical Will Return Off-Broadway

first_imgThere are never enough drag queens on the New York stage! Pageant: The Musical will return off-Broadway beginning June 29. The tuner will play concurrently with Forbidden Broadway at The Davenport Theatre on Sunday and Monday evenings through September 1. Opening night is set for July 14. The show celebrated a sold-out benefit run for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in February. Returning from that production are The Skivvies headliner Nick Cearley, Frankie J. Grande, Alex Ringler, Marty Thomas and Seth Tucker, who will be joined by Curtis Wiley. Additional casting will be announced soon. Like every beauty pageant you’ve seen before, Pageant features contestants desperately vying for a glittering tiara. With swimsuit, talent and evening gown competitions, the show includes both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Unlike some (though possibly not all) beauty pageants you’ve seen before, the female contestants are all played by men and the audience gets to select the winner each night. Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 26, 2014 Pageant: The Musical Conceived by Robert Longbottom, Pageant is written by two-time Tony nominee Bill Russell (Side Show, The Last Smoker in America) and Frank Kelly with music by Albert Evans. The tuner premiered off-Broadway in 1991 prior to engagements in the West End and around the world. The production features choreography by Shea Sullivan, music direction by Mark Hartman, costumes by Stephen Yearick, scenic design by Paul Tate DePoo III, sound by David Sanderson and lighting by Paul Miller.last_img read more

Almost Home, Starring Karen Ziemba, Opens Off-Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 12, 2014 View Comments Directed by Michael Parva, Almost Home will feature set design by Harry Feiner, lighting design by Graham Kindred, costume design by Michael McDonald, sound design by Quentin Chiappetta and Hair/Wig Design by Leah J. Loukas. Walter Anderson’s new drama Almost Home officially opens off-Broadway on September 18. Starring Tony winner Karen Ziemba, along with Joe Lisi, James McCaffrey, Jonny Orsini and Brenda Pressley, the production will play through October 12 at the Acorn Theatre on Theatre Row. In the turbulent sixties, a young Marine returns home to the Bronx, shaken but hopeful for the future. Met by a mother fighting to keep the family going and a father down on his luck, Johnny finds himself caught between his parents’ dreams for his future and a police captain with plans of his own. Related Shows Almost Homelast_img read more

Gear Up Gear Giveaway

first_imgRules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning date. Entries must be received by mail or through the contest sign-up page by 12:00 Midnight EST on December 15, 2016 – date subject to change. One entry per person. One winner per household. Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older. Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled, mistranscribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and their promotional partners reserve the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash, or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply. Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors office on or before December 15, 6:00 PM EST 2016 – date and time subject to change. Winners will be contacted by the information they provided in the contest sign-up field and have 7 days to claim their prize before another winner will be picked. Odds of winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received. One entry per person or two entries per person if partnership opt-in box above is checked. Name: Email*: Phone Number: Address*: City*: State*: ALAKAZARCACOCTDEFLGAHIIDILINIAKSKYLAMEMDMAMIMNMSMOMTNENVNHNJNMNYNCNDOHOKORPARISCSDTNTXUTVTVAWAWVWIWYZip Code*: I certify that I am over the age of 18.WIN ONE MORE ENTRY IN THIS CONTEST! I would like to receive updates from BRO, and prize partners straight to my inbox!* denotes required fieldlast_img read more

First Female Fighter Pilots Graduate in Ecuador

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre / Diálogo January 28, 2020 First Lieutenants Jazmín Pérez Cobos and María José Cuevas changed the history of aviation in Ecuador, as they became the first female fighter pilots in the Ecuadorean Air Force (FAE, in Spanish).After a year of academic training at Manta Air Base on Ecuador’s Pacific coast, 40 hours in a flight simulator, and 60 flight hours in A-29B Super Tucanos fighter aircraft, 1st Lt. Cueva and 1st Lt. Pérez became fighter pilots in December 2019, and are ready for any mission, they told Diálogo. Six male Ecuadorean first lieutenants graduated with them.The female fighter pilots deployed during the first week of January 2020 with the Falcons Squadron of FAE’s 23rd Fighter Wing to carry out flight interception, smuggling and narcotrafficking control, and patrol operations in border areas.The Falcons Squadron of the Ecuadorean Air Force’s 23rd Fighter Wing gained eight new fighter pilots in December 2019, including two women. (Photo: Ecuadorean Air Force)“We are ready to fly in times of peace and in times of war,” said 1st Lt. Cueva. “Our main mission is to maintain defense in national security operations on the northern border.”“Academic and physical training, study, and constant work allowed us to break paradigms, and now the Air Force is giving us the opportunity to venture into this field, once dominated by men,” said 1st Lt. Pérez. “Being part of history gives us a great responsibility to keep the door open for more women to join the force,” she added.“There was no preferential treatment for anyone,” Ecuadorean Air Force First Lieutenant Roberto Pita, one of the eight fighter pilots who recently graduated, told the press. “These women earned their place and showed that they are capable.”The Falcons Squadron’s surveillance missions go out around the clock to any part of the country, under any weather conditions. More than 300 members of the Ecuadorean Armed Forces provide operational support in shifts. “All with the help of intelligence, so that security operations can be conducted on land, together with other forces,” 1st Lt. Pérez said.“The Falcons Squadron has 18 A-29B aircraft to face the challenges,” said 1st Lt. Pérez. It also has “pilots that are capable of working under great pressure and responding with accuracy,” said 1st Lt. Cueva.Both officers said that air operations are not only a challenge for women, but for all fighter pilots, and they urged people who want to become fighter pilots to begin training. “This career demands many sacrifices, regardless whether you are a man or a woman; what makes a difference is your willpower,” concluded 1st Lt. Cueva.last_img read more

NYSEG reports increase in scam callers, offers safety tips

first_imgThe companies will never demand customers to purchase debit cards such as Green Dot cards to make payments.NYSEG has temporarily suspended disconnections related to non-payment. Therefore, any call threatening disconnection is a sure sign of a scam.If unsure of the identity of the caller, ask for the last five digits of the account. If they do not have this information, hang up and alert local authorities.NYSEG employees and contractors carry company-issued photo ID with a unique employee number. Ask for ID before providing personal or account information or granting access to your property.Be suspicious of unexpected emails from NYSEG or RG&E, especially if you’re not an eBill customer, and think twice before clicking linksWhen making a payment by phone, always use company phone numbers. (WBNG) — NYSEG says its customers have received numerous calls from people claiming to be employees of the company. Safety tips from NYSEG: According to NYSEG, the scam caller reports that an overcharge has been made to a customer’s account and offers a future bill credit. Then, the caller asks the customer for more information. Additionally, NYSEG says its customers have received calls of people threatening to cut their service unless a payment is made immediately over the phone.last_img read more

Blood test for silent phase of prion disease reported

first_img After multiple repetitions of the process, any disease-causing abnormal prion protein in the blood sample will convert normal protein to the misfolded protein. Abnormal prion protein can then be detected by existing tests, such as a Western blot. The authors state that their procedure will detect 20 to 50 molecules of hamster prion protein, an amount that seems to correspond to a single unit of infectious prion protein. Aug 29, 2005, CIDRAP News story “Blood test for prion diseases reported” No abnormal prion protein was detectable before 20 days after infection. Abnormal prion protein was detectable during most of the presymptomatic phase, rising to a peak in animals tested at 40 days post-infection. Such a rise probably coincided with exponential replication of abnormal prion protein in lymphoid organs, according to the authors. See also: Jul 11, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A blood test detected prions in animals during the asymptomatic phase of infection with scrapie, a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE), according to a study in the Jul 7 issue of Science. Saa P, Castilla J, Soto C. Presymptomatic detection of prions in blood. Science 2006 Jul 7;313(5783):92-4 [Abstract] In the study, 46 animals were inoculated with brain tissue from scrapie-infected sheep, and 38 control animals were injected with phosphate-buffered saline. Throughout the incubation and onset of clinical disease, infected animals and controls were killed and their blood tested for abnormal PRP. All tests were performed in triplicate. The authors write, “Although technologically more challenging, the PMCA technology has been adapted to amplify prions of human origin. The ability to accurately detect misfolded prion proteins in the pre-symptomatic stages of vCJD would potentially help to reduce the risk that many more people will be infected by this fatal and terrible disease.” Detection of abnormal prion protein during the early phase, therefore, was likely from replication in peripheral tissues, whereas abnormal prion protein from the symptomatic phase was more likely due to leakage from the brain. The authors say this is believed to be the pattern observed in many prion diseases. PMCA uses blood samples from scrapie-infected hamsters and control animals for the test. To start the test, researchers mix the “buffy coat” of white blood cells from infected animals with homogenized samples of hamster brain containing normal prion protein. The mixtures incubate at 37ºC, then are briefly subjected to sound waves and reincubated. The presence of abnormal prion proteins catalyzes conversion of normal prion protein to the abnormal, misfolded form. Sonication breaks up clumps of abnormal prion protein and facilitates conversion of more normal prion protein to the abnormal state. Abnormal prion protein disappeared from the blood by day 80, but it reappeared at the time of clinical disease onset at about day 110. The researchers suggest that the disappearance of abnormal prion protein coincided with a plateau in peripheral tissues and migration to the brain. Three human cases of vCJD linked to blood transfusions have been reported thus far, and a study in the British Medical Bulletin has demonstrated transmission via blood in experimental sheep-to-sheep transmission of scrapie, the article notes. The authors say the test offers the possibility of detecting other prion diseases, such as variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in humans. By detecting prions during the silent phase—just weeks after infection—the test could help identify infected blood and prevent disease transmission from those who are years from showing clinical signs of disease, the authors write. Development of a human test, however, awaits further refinement of the procedure, according to others. In a BBC News story, an unidentified spokesperson for the United Kingdom Health Protection Agency pointed out one barrier to applying the test in humans, saying, “A brain extract from healthy hamsters was used to undertake the test. Until a substitute is found for human brain extract, we cannot have a diagnostic test that can be applied to human blood.” Claudio Soto of the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston and colleagues from UTMB and Madrid, Spain, used a “protein misfolding cyclic amplification” (PMCA) assay to detect abnormal prion protein in asymptomatic, scrapie-infected hamsters. They previously reported successful use of the test in hamsters with clinical signs of scrapie.last_img read more

Deep connection: Virus takes India’s spiritual retreats online

first_imgAt a remote hillside retreat in northern India, Tibetan Buddhist nun Tenzin Drolma usually holds intimate, face-to-face classes — but since the coronavirus pandemic forced them online, her lessons have been packed with people seeking inner peace under lockdown.Drolma had expected around 100 students to join her free video course, the usual size of drop-in sessions at the meditation center that is closed because of the pandemic.So she was surprised when more than 1,000 people from 57 countries signed up, a fifth of whom had no experience with Buddhism. Topics : Calm in anxious timesReligious rituals are being performed behind closed doors worldwide, with mosques, churches and other spiritual sites closed and the Pope even live-streaming his Easter blessing.Along the sacred River Ganges, as a light breeze blows and birds fly past in the background, instructors from Parmarth Niketan ashram lead yogis around the world in sun salutations and other postures.The center in Rishikesh, a city in the Himalayan foothills renowned as the world center of yoga, is also closed and is holding live sessions online.Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, who lives at the ashram, is hopeful its spiritual practices will help people feel “grounded”.”We realized that we need to give as much as we can to our global community to keep them healthy physically, stress-free, anxiety-free,” Saraswati, a Californian who settled in Rishikesh 25 years ago, told AFP from the ashram.Despite the severe economic threat of India’s lockdown, both Parmarth Niketan and Tushita are confident they can weather the financial storm, while providing spiritual guidance to their followers old and new.For Indian actor Akkshay Dogra, who has attended a retreat at Tushita, taking part in the classes from his home in Mumbai has compelled him to immediately apply the teachings.”Whatever I am learning, I am living it right now… these skills are given to you and then you go out and deal with the world,” he said.”I really hope they are able to do this course online for as long as they can… It’s a great service to humanity.” The Chicago-born teacher told AFP she tries to set up her laptop in the prayer hall at Tushita Meditation Centre to be as similar as possible to a real-life lesson.”I think that makes it as real as when I have actual people there,” she said from the retreat in Dharamsala, the home of the exiled Dalai Lama.India, the world’s second-most populous nation with 1.3 billion people, is under a nationwide lockdown until at least May 3 to combat the spread of the COVID-19.Some 6,000 kilometers away in Norfolk in eastern England — also under lockdown — one student is sitting on the floor with her eyes closed. “It really helps me to sort of get out of my own head a little bit,” said Emma Roache, who calls herself a transformational coach.”Just to find that peace and breathe and know that I’m not alone,” said Roache, who had to cancel a trip to India in March after the pandemic hit.last_img read more

Navios Containers Buys Three More Boxships

first_imgMonaco-based container shipping company Navios Maritime Containers has agreed to purchase three containerships for a price of USD 117.25 million.The company will acquire two 8,204 TEU containerships, the YM Utmost and the YM Unity, for USD 67 million from Navios Maritime Partners. The two vessels are chartered out at a net daily charter rate of USD 34,266 until August 2018 and October 2018, respectively.The third unit, the 10,000 TEU containership, was purchased for USD 50.25 million from a third party. Navios Containers said that the vessel is time chartered out at a net daily charter rate of USD 26,663 until March 2019.The trio is expected to join Navios Containers in the second quarter of 2018, increasing the company’s fleet to 25 vessels, totaling 119,538 TEU with an average age of 10.1 years.Based on their existing charters and the current rate environment, the containerships are to generate around USD 18.7 million of aggregate EBITDA over the next twelve months.Navios Containers said it would finance the fleet additions with cash on its balance sheet and approximately USD 61 million of new bank debt.Additionally, the company unveiled that in March 2018 it executed a term sheet for an up to USD 119 million sale and leaseback agreement with a Chinese institution in order to refinance its credit facilities maturing in the fourth quarter of 2019.The term sheet provides for 60 monthly payments of USD 1.4 million each. In the definitive agreements, Navios Containers will have an obligation to purchase the vessels at the end of fifth year for USD 59.5 million.If completed, the refinancing is expected to release some USD 26.6 million of cash, before fees and expenses, and reduce the debt service cost for the remainder of 2018 by around USD 22.7 million, providing the company with an aggregate USD 49.3 million of incremental cash during 2018.The transaction is expected to close within the second quarter of 2018.last_img read more